Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Araby warband

I had cause to dig out an old warband I completed many years ago themed around Araby - the fabled land to the East of the Old World. Their outing was to face off against the excellent Tales from Shyish for a bit of skirmish action. I realised I had never posted the sandy little blighters so here they are in all their glory.




They are based on archetypes from the Arabian Nights - the djinn, the roc, the magic monkey etc. Plus I mixed in a few Crusades tropes like the questing knight and his trusty (if somewhat overburdened) man-at-arms. And an assassin who is, I am sure, following some kind of creed.

They were originally conceived as two factions, hence the red and blue colourways. I think the roc and his rider were supposed to be the joker in the pack who were duel faction. Or something. I seem to remember that the painting method was really simple; airbrush a gradient all over of the mini and pick out any highlights in pure white. Further details follow a strict colourway of brown and either silver or gold depending on allegiance. A big part was to ensure there was no distinction between the base and the mini, so all feel like they're grounded to the terrain on which they stand.

I don't think I was very happy with these guys when I finished them. They languished in a box as penance for their perceived hobby sins. However, now I look back I actually quite like them. It's amazing what a bit of distance does to your work. Here are some shots of the infantry in action against Shyish. They came out trumps, but I was sad the monkey perished early on.

Stupid monkeys.

 


22 comments:

  1. These are really cool! I particularly like the genie. What's the lower half of his body made from?

    I know what you mean about going back to old stuff. I've got an Alice in Wonderland Grey Knights army that I keep meaning to sort out.

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    1. Thanks Toby. The Djinn's lower body is made from a Citadel Balewind Vortex terrain thingy. Is that a Gyrinx or a Cheshire Cat?

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    2. Good use of parts there! It's probably a Cheshire Grynx now I think about it. I reckon this is going to be the next project now...

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  2. Holy Carp! These are just sublime! A Perfect execution of an inspired theme! <3

    I went to see a live production of a Thousand and One Nights done by pro horse riders as a teen; utterly enchanted.

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  3. This is excellent, something you don't get to see much if at all (only other example was in the french WD's tale of 4 gamers) and both the ideas and execution are brilliant.
    Wonderful.

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    1. Much apprecaited Assless. Loving your Six Sinners BTW.

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  4. These are fantastic.

    They fit in rather well with the Mortal Realms too. The theme carries through the whole lot brilliantly.

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  5. Great warband. Melding the mini into the base can be risky, but it looks brilliant on these. Funny how you were unhappy with them at the start, from where I sit they're excellent. I love the djinn in particular.

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    1. Glad you like them Mr S. I must admit this lot have grown on me during their box-purgatory. I got the grey base idea from the excellent Don Hans.

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  6. Exemplary work - Those are simply fantastic!

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  7. Beautiful models, especially that djinn!

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  8. Excellent work! I like the use of figures from all over the range, really brings it home how useful a bitz box is. The Djinn is a standout, as is the Roc. (perfect use of the Sheikh)

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  9. You used them in the game that killed Warhammer?
    Hagen

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